London: Ainsworth Magazine, [1842-45]. Item #05569
Two First Editions from the Original Ainsworth Magazine Parts
Windsor Castle & Saint James's, or the Court of Queen Anne
Superbly bound by Tout of London including many of the Original Wrappers and Advertisements etc.
CRUIKSHANK, George. AINSWORTH, William Harrison. Windsor Castle, An Historical Romance. Illustrated by Tony Johannot [and George Cruikshank] with designs on wood by W. Alfred Delamotte. [London: [Ainsworth Magazine], Hugh Cunningham, 1842-1843]. [&] Saint James's, or The Court of Queen Anne. An Historical Romance by W. Harrison Ainsworth, illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: John Mortimer, 1844.
First appearance of these two Ainsworth Novels specially bound from various issues of the original Ainsworth Magazine, with specially composed title-pages including the title and the mention at the bottom: "As originally published 1842-3" & "As originally published 1845"
Two octavo volumes (9 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches; 235 x 146 mm.).
Windsor Castle. [i]-iv, [i]-iv, -94, -284, -380, -504, -29, [1, blank], -121, [1, blank], -211, [1, blank], -328, -429, [1, blank], -521, 1, blank] pp. Pictorial woodcut title, engraved portrait of Anne Bullen, four etched plates by Tony Johannot and fourteen etched plates by George Cruikshank, all with protective tissue-guards. Woodcut title-page and eighty-seven woodcut illustrations by W. Alfred Delamotte throughout the text. Included are five of the original front wrappers from the parts (IX, Oct 1842; X, Nov 1842; XII, Jan 1843; XV, Apr 1843 & XVII, June 1843); Seven contents leaves (Dec 1842; Jan -June 1843); Thirty-eight leaves of advertisements.
Saint James's, or The Court of Queen Anne. [i]-iv, [i]-iv, -521, [1, blank]; -30, 93-120, 119*, 120*, 121-122, 187-217, [1, blank], 281-316, 375-403, [1, blank], 469-496, -18, 95-108, 189-205, [1, blank], 439-468 (remaining text covered by paper), 551-558, [739, blank], 740-742 pp. Pictorial woodcut title, engraved portrait of Queen Anne (mounted on India paper), engraved portrait of W. Harrison Ainsworth and thirteen engraved plates by George Cruikshank. The first three-volume edition dated 1855 had only 9 of the 13 etched plates by George Cruikshank. (cf. Cohn, 21).
Both volumes uniformly bound by Tout, (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in of each volume) ca. 1900. Full red morocco, covers elaborately decorated in gilt, spines with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges, elaborate gilt turn-ins, green watered silk liners and end-leaves, top edge gilt, others uncut. A very pretty set.
William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) was an English historical novelist born at King Street in Manchester. He trained as a lawyer, but the legal profession held no attraction for him. While completing his legal studies in London he met the publisher John Ebers, at that time manager of the King's Theatre, Haymarket. Ebers introduced Ainsworth to literary and dramatic circles, and to his daughter, who became Ainsworth's wife. Ainsworth briefly tried the publishing business, but soon gave it up and devoted himself to journalism and literature. His first success as a writer came with Rookwood in 1834, which features Dick Turpin as its leading character. A stream of thirty-nine novels followed, the last of which appeared in 1881.
"Ainsworth hoped to start publishing Windsor Castle in his magazine by April, but he was delayed when his mother died on 15 March 1842. John Forster wrote to Ainsworth to offer assistance in writing the novel, but there is no evidence that Ainsworth accepted. The work was soon finished and started appearing in the magazine by July 1842, where it ran until June 1843. George Cruikshank, illustrator for The Miser's Daughter, took over as illustrator for Windsor Castle after the first one finished its run… By the end of 1843, Ainsworth had sold his stake in Ainsworth's Magazine to John Mortimer while remaining as editor. The next work that Ainsworth included in his magazine was Saint James's or the Court of Queen Anne, An Historical Romance, which ran from January 1844 until December 1844."
Saint James's, or The Court of Queen Anne was originally serially published in 1844. It describes the events surrounding the end of Queen Anne's reign and the dispute between the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough with two Tories for influence over the queen. While Ainsworth served as editor for his own magazine, Ainsworth's Magazine, he included many of his own works. Of these, Saint James's or the Court of Queen Anne, An Historical Romance ran from January 1844 until December 1844. It was also published as a three volume set in 1844 by John Mortimer. The work was illustrated by George Cruikshank, which marks the last time that Ainsworth and Cruikshank collaborated on a novel… The Ainsworth's Magazine edition of St. James's included fourteen illustrations by Cruikshank. However, only seven appeared in the three-volume edition of the work. Two of the illustrations not carried over in the book edition were of Cruikshank's best depictions: one titled "The Double Duel" and another titled "Sergeant Scales's Drum". A rift developed between Cruikshank and Ainsworth, and St. James's was the last work of Ainsworth that Cruikshank illustrated. It is possible that the rift came as Ainsworth was giving up his ownership of the Ainsworth's Magazine, but the cause is unknown. It is also possible that the dropping of illustrations from the three volume edition was either a cause or an effect of the rift." (Wikipedia).